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I am guessing here, but if they get water cooling working they know how to handle it and eventually get the waste out of there. If covered with sand and boron, then what? Chernobyl-style sarcofagus and hope it is not broken by another quake?

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 05:14:37 PM EST
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If covered with sand and boron, then what?

If no cement was used, just remove the sand and boron, wet or dry. Use a giant vacuum if dry or siphon if wet. Same principle as you use to clean the bottom of an aquarium, but instead of a 1/4" tube (6mm) use a 4" (105mm) pipe. It would create tons of additional material requiring special disposal but would protect against recriticality and/or fire which could spread MOX dust in the atmosphere. Not doing that seems like a gamble that they are not going to have a fire started with dry fuel rods. Doing it creates additional cleanup expense.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 09:11:35 PM EST
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Then I can see no reason not to do it.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Mar 20th, 2011 at 03:56:09 PM EST
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